Anugerah Meletop Era 2016 brought a bang at the CIDB Convention Center
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Fans of talented performers waited eagerly outside the convention center with placards in their hands. Music was played aloud as the crowd waited for the arrival of artists and singers. Anugerah Meletop Era 2016 (AME 2016) which happens annually, is an award show developed to award talented performers based on votes submitted by fans. With a line-up of artists such as Akim & The Majistret (Winner of Anugerah Juara Lagu 30), Dato' Siti Nurhaliza, Jaclyn Victor and many more, the award show saw a huge crowd on 24th February 2016 at CIDB Convention Center.
Aside from the crowd, RCF speakers were used for the venue’s Front of House. A total of 12 RCF TT55 units where hung from a truss system with 6 on each side to provide a wide area of sound coverage. Placed at the ground level were none other than TTS56-A. Known for its ability to throw sound at a long distance, 6 units were placed outside of the CIDB to create the hype and excitement for the fans. Among the crowd, we were able to spot a diligent and focused staff of MJ Event Management. MJ Event Management who had done many huge event such as Anugerah Juara Lagu 30 and Maharaja Lawak Mega 2016, received the opportunity to work with Era.FM to supply and support this AME 2016 award show. Mohamad Firdaues, MJ's System Engineer who had been in the AV field for at least 7 years was one of the main staff to ensure that the systems were running according to plan. "I have been working with MJ for about 7 years. It has been always exciting and thrilling to work with the company. Some of the projects that I have worked in were Anugerah Juara Lagu, Maharaja Lawak Mega and many more," commented Firdaues, on his years of experience and projects that he had covered. Moving along we also asked Firdaues how he came about on AME 2016 setup. "For this event we decided to go all out on RCF Speakers especially the TT Series. Around 46 units were used in this event. We always enjoyed the sound produced by the RCF TT Series, we had done it in many events and we still prefer to use them. 12 units of TT55 were used in Front of House with 6 units of TTS56 to balance out the treble with bass. These helped us to blast music outside of the convention center. As for the stage, 12 units of RCF TT55, 8 units of RCF TT33 and 8 units of RCF TTS56 were used. We divided them equally on both side of the stage to provide a maximum throw and coverage. We tested the system during rehearsal, and indeed we made the right choice, the sound was clear and was able to punch through the crowd. I like the TT series, because it is easy for me to setup, the sound is clear and it’s a great product" replied Firdaues. Aside from the speakers, that night’s event, 8 handheld Sennheiser G3 500 series were used as the event main vocal microphones.
We were interested in the Front of House sound monitoring system. Being in a large event such as these we were curious to know the type of console used. We took a flight of stairs up and there it was, the SSL 500 Plus Live console was used as the Front of House in AME 2016. We had seen it at Istana Budaya events, we had seen it at the Anugerah Juara Lagu 30 and now in front of our eyes was the colourful console. We had the chance to greet Jim the sound engineer in charge of the SSL 500 Plus Live Console that night. We first met Jim at Anugerah Juara Lagu 30 when he was the sound monitor engineer operating on the SSL 300 Live Console. "Definitely more familiar with the console," when asked if he was used to the console. "I would just say there are more faders and channels to monitor. It's a bigger consoled compare to the 300," he stated.
With a total of 18 awards given out that night such as "Anugerah Drama Meletop", "Anugerah Artist Lawak Meletop", "Anugerah Lagu Meletop" just to name a few, the event was a successful event for both MJ Event Management and Era.FM.